Kettle defense comes up big against Springdale

The Kettle Falls High defense, run over one week earlier in a loss to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague, came up big against Mary Walker (Springdale) last Friday night in a 34-6 Northeast 2B football road win. Kettle Falls (4-3, 2-2) returned two first half interceptions for touchdowns and added a second half punt block return for another score. Kettle Falls put up 21 first quarter points on the Chargers (1-6, 1-4) and the first 34 of the game. “We came out firing on all cylinders on offense and our defense really stepped up and played well,” Corvino said of a must win. Kettle Falls picked off four Springdale passes. Logan Cook returned a pick 48 yards and Brandon Hopkins added an 89-yard interception that he returned to the house. Both picks came in the first half. THIS WEEK Kettle Falls will travel to Spangle to play Northeast 2B League cellar-dweller Liberty on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. Liberty is coming off their first win of the season, a 34-8 win at home over Bridgeport. Matt Marcure caught two of Mitch Burnham’s three touchdown passes for the Lancers, who held Bridgeport scoreless until the game’s final moments. The win comes one week after Liberty scored their first points of the season. While Liberty has struggled to date, Corvino knows his Bulldogs are in no position to take anyone lightly at this juncture. “I was happy with the way our kids came out to play against Springdale,” Corvino said. “We need to do the same thing at Liberty…you never want to overlook an opponent. Lowly Liberty next for Bulldogs “The guys understand that these games down the stretch we have to win. We have to take care of business and we need to win them all to get into the playoffs.” The Bulldogs will end the regular season on Oct. 28 at home against league-leading and third-ranked Colfax (6-0, 4-0, a 14-13 winner last Friday at home over Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (5-1, 3-1). Corvino said that like last week, the focus in practice this week would be on fundamentals. SPRINGDALE RECAP Kettle Falls got on the board quickly against the Chargers, taking only three plays to cover 65 yards. Quarterback Conner McKern, avoiding a Springdale blitz, ran a quarterback draw 59 yards for a touchdown with 11:01 left in the first quarter. The Eddie Bitzan PAT kick was good and KFHS led 7-0. McKern intercepted a Springdale pass on the ensuing series to give the Bulldogs great field position at the Chargers’ 48-yard-line. On the fifth play of the drive, McKern bolted 14 yards for a touchdown on a zone option read. The PAT was good and KFHS led 14-0 with 7:50 left in the opening quarter. Kettle Falls tacked on another touchdown moments later when Cook ran back his pick for 48 yards. The PAT was good and KFHS led 21-0 with 3:55 left in the first quarter. After a 21-point first quarter that included 112 yards of rushing, the Bulldogs added one more second quarter score on Hopkins’ 78-yard interception return at the 6:54 mark. The PAT was good and the Bulldogs led 28-0. Brandon Thomas had a pick late in the second quarter for Kettle Falls. Blocked punt Kettle scored its only second half touchdown with 44 seconds left in the third quarter when Cook blocked a Springdale punt and Trey Tucker picked up the loose ball and scored from 15 yards out. The PAT was wide right and KFHS led 34-0. Springdale picked up its touchdown with 5:29 left in the game when quarterback Brian Sulgrove found Josh Anderson on a 15-yard scoring strike. The drive covered 65 yards and took 12 plays. ELSEWHERE In Colfax’s narrow win, the Bulldogs led 14-0 before Lind-Ritzville/Sprague made a defensive stand that had reached the Broncos two-yard-line. It took LRS three plays to score after the stand. Connor O’Neill caught a three-yard scoring strike from quarterback Dylan Hart that cut the deficit to 14-7. Then, with less than four- minutes left in the game, O’Neill raced 59 yards untouched for a touchdown. But the Broncos missed the extra point and that was the difference. Reardan (3-1, 5-1) blanked Davenport (2-3, 3-4) 35-0 behind Charlie Eldred’s two touchdown runs.